SYRACUSE ORANGE at PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
Heinz Field (65,050/Natural Grass)
Saturday, December 3 • Noon • ESPN2
ESPN2 — Dave Lamont and Mike Bellotti
Syracuse Radio Pittsburgh Radio
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship) KDKA-FM 93.7 (flagship)
The Pittsburgh-Syracuse rivalry dates to the 1916 season and the schools have met 66 times since then … The Panthers hold a 33-30-3 series lead and have won six straight against the Orange, whose last win was a 38-21 double-overtime decision in 2004 … Pittsburgh is 4-1 against Syracuse at Heinz Field … Panther QB Tino Sunseri threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in last year’s 45-14 win at the Carrier Dome … The winner of this year’s game will be bowl-eligible, while the loser will see its season come to an end.
SYRACUSE (5-6, 1-5 BIG EAST)
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
15-20, third season
Syracuse stood at 5-2 through seven games, but the Orange take a four-game losing streak into Saturday’s regular-season finale … Syracuse is looking to become bowl-eligible for the second straight year … Syracuse has played three overtime games this season — the most of any Bowl Subdivision team — and is 2-1 in those contests … QB Ryan Nassib is ranked third in the BIG EAST in passing (223.6 ypg) … Nassib has completed 236 of 383 passes for 2,460 yards and 21 touchdowns with seven interceptions … WR Alec Lemon has team highs of 60 receptions and 735 receiving yards and six TDs … TE Nick Provo is a receiving threat as well with 46 catches for 500 yards and seven TDs … Provo has set Syracuse’s single-season record for receptions by a tight end … RB Antwon Bailey is third in the BIG EAST in rushing (90.7 ypg) … S Phillip Thomas led the team with six interceptions and 82 tackles, but has been suspended from the team for a violation of athletics department policy … LB Dyshawn Davis leads the team with 10.5 tackles for loss … DE Chandler Jones has a team-high 4.5 sacks.
PITTSBURGH (5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST)
Todd Graham (East Central ’87)
5-6, first season at Pittsburgh
48-29, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Pittsburgh needs a win to become bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season … The Panthers are 4-0 when scoring at least 35 points and 1-6 when they have been held to fewer than 35 points … Pitt has been plagued by injuries, including an Oct. 26 game against Connecticut that claimed three starters with season-ending injuries … Among the casualties from that game was RB Ray Graham, who was the nation’s second-leading rusher at the time … QB Tino Sunseri has thrown for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns with nine interceptions this season … RB Zach Brown has taken over as the regular tailback following Graham’s injury, but was injured himself against West Virginia last week and is questionable for Saturday … WR Devin Street leads the team with 43 receptions for 622 yards and two touchdowns … LB Max Gruder is second in the BIG EAST in tackles (98, 8.9 per game) … DT Aaron Donald is second in the BIG EAST with 10 sacks … DT Chas Alecxih has 4.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.